Friday Futures: eggs vs cancer, storms on Jupiter, kill the URL

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of  The Future from around the web. This week: eggs may cure cancers; Google wants to kill the URL; Ray Kurzwell is worried; edit your DNA; from thought to speech and cool storms on Jupiter.

Chickens are laying eggs with cancer drugs in them

After researchers from the University of Edinburgh spliced a human gene into the chickens’ DNA, the animals began laying eggs boasting a significant amount of two proteins used to treat diseases including cancer in humans. Read more…

Google wants to kill the URL

In September, members of Google’s Chrome security team put forth a radical proposal: Kill off URLs as we know them. The researchers aren’t actually advocating a change to the web’s underlying infrastructure. They do, though, want to rework how browsers convey what website you’re looking at. Read more…

Ray Kurzwell is worried about accelerating technology


From thoughts to speech without voice – it’s here!

In a scientific first, neuroengineers have created a system that translates thought into intelligible, recognizable speech. This breakthrough, which harnesses the power of speech synthesizers and artificial intelligence, could lead to new ways for computers to communicate directly with the brain. Read more…

Israeli company about to cure cancer

An Israeli pharmaceutical company is claiming it will have a “complete cure for cancer” within the next year. The company is Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies (AEBi), and based on the claims of its board chairman Dan Aridor, the treatment it’s working on sounds nothing short of revolutionary. Read more…

Here’s how CRISPR edits your DNA

Astronomers find cool distant object with cheap telescope

Kuiper Belt objects are extremely difficult to observe because of that distance, even using the most expensive telescopes in the world. That’s why it’s extraordinary that a research team at the National Astronomical Observatory in Japan just spotted one — with a telescope that costs less than a fancy TV. Read more…

Gallery of the week – cool, really cool, storms on Jupiter

Let’s check out our Martian neighbor’s odd-looking dunes that are moved around and shaped by winds. Watch now…

(Compiled by Alex Leslie, edited by John C. Tanner)

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